Quid Pro Quo is a No, No, No!
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. 8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices Or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. 9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, Nor he goats out of thy folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, And the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: And the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; And pay thy vows unto the most High:
Ok ladies humor me for just a while. Imagine that it is your birthday. I know that you said that you didn’t want your man to give you anything but we both know that isn’t completely true, don’t we? You would like some gesture of affection, something thoughtful, something that says, “I love you” without breaking the bank. Am I right? Either way, pretend with me for a while.
Your fella feels the need to give you something for your big day and so he gets you a present. You appreciate the gift, for a while. A short time later he throws that present into your face and uses it as leverage to get something he wants.
“You owe me”, ah he doesn’t say that, but that is what he means.
What is your response? Are you still appreciative of the gift? Didn’t it mean more when it was a gesture of love, before he ruined it with his attached expectations? I think I know your answer. I know because I have been on the wrong end of this scenario. I have been the constant negotiator in the relationship trying to leverage my gestures and gifts.
I have learned that when it comes to what should be love based relationships,
Quid pro quo is a no, no, no!
Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that basically means a favor for a favor. Giving must be motivated out of appreciation and love or it ceases to be giving.
Ok, one more detail about this jerk of a guy you picked, he used your money to buy it anyway. You had some cash tucked away in your closet for a rainy day and that rascal took it to buy the gift. He was bargaining with something that was already yours from the beginning. Are you mad at him? He is a real turkey huh?
Now, what does that have to do with this Psalm?
Asaph, the God inspired author of this Psalm, has pictured God in a courtroom with everyone called to observe. He has brought charges against his own people, but why? It seems that they are serving and sacrificing to God but out of improper motive. They believe that their giving has obligated God. They think that he must bless them because of their benevolence. They have sacrificed for him, so God now owes them. So, what does God say?
I will take no bullock out of thy house, Nor he goats out of thy folds Psalm 50:9
In other words, if that is your motive then I don’t want your gift! I won’t accept your sacrifice!
But notice what he says next.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, And the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: And the wild beasts of the field are mine. Psalm 50:10-11
He is reminding them that the lambs they gave were never theirs from the beginning. They had given him his own gift. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. What we think we possess is really just borrowed and could quickly be repossessed. Surely, we can’t expect him to owe us something because we surrendered what was already his?
Next he reminds them that he doesn’t need what they have offered. He isn’t hungry or in need.
12If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats? Psalm 50:12-13
Well, what does he want then? What offering will he accept?
Offer unto God thanksgiving; And pay thy vows unto the most High: Psalm 50:14
He wants the offerings of his people to come from a heart of gratitude and not be an attempt to obligate God. We should be generous with God because what we have is his anyway. He doesn’t owe us, we owe him!
This is true with our stuff, but it is especially true of our salvation. If you think that doing good will obligate God to save you then you are mistaken. He wants our service to come from gratitude not some attempt at a transaction. He will not accept it!
8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8–9
When it comes to our love-based relationships, especially with God, remember what we said earlier
Quid pro quo is a no, no, no!
God does not operate that way with us and will not accept that kind of relationship in return.
Come as you are. Accept his gift of salvation with no strings attached and then serve him with all that he allows you to steward for him. Do it out of appreciation and make sure there are no strings.
And remember, Quid pro quo is a no, no, no!